10 July 2016, Warri — THE Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, weekend, said since President Muhammadu Buhari had decided to shun the demand for legitimate dialogue with militants and stakeholders on the Niger Delta question, it would continue to encumber all avenues by him to export crude oil from the region.
Avengers, in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, disclosed that the struggle has entered a new phase with Buhari’s disposition of winning the battle and losing the war.
It also denied the widespread belief that ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, recently nominated by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, as a member of its Aaron 2 Negotiating Team, was the sponsor of Avengers.
This came as another militant group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, declared that it was ready to fight government and the Saudi Arabia mercenaries it was allegedly engaging over the God-given resources of Ijaw people, while the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPD, insisted that the way out was to conduct a referendum for the people to make their choice.
In a related development, a group, the Toru-Ebe State Creation Movement, said the quick fix to the ongoing bombings was for the federal government to create Toru-Ebe state for the Ijaw in the western flank of Niger Delta inhabiting Edo, Delta and Ondo states.